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Old 11-09-2017, 05:52 PM   #1
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Slow cooking meat, but being away for 12+ hours

Hi all. I just purchased a slow cooker that can be turned on and off through my iPhone. This is pretty neat. However, I work crazy long hours and I'm out of the house for 12-14 hours each day.

I found several slow cooker recipes that were 4-7 hours long. If I loaded the slow cooker at about 7am (right before I leave my house) and then turn it on at about 2pm from work, just in time for me to come home to a hot email at 8pm (yup, long days at work for sure), what do I do about the period of time between 7am-2pm where meat and food is just sitting in the slow cooker? Is that unsafe? Any advice here, please and thank you!

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Old 11-09-2017, 06:15 PM   #2
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Hi chigga, and welcome.

Leaving meat (or anything) in a slow cooker for 7+ hours before you even turn it on is a recipe for disaster!

A safer way to do it would be to make multiple meals on your day off, and portion them out in your fridge for easy reheating on the days you come home late.
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:32 PM   #3
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Hi Cheryl, thanks for the quick response! That does make more sense for sure. I am looking forward to learning more about my slow cooker and involving myselt in this community!
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:31 PM   #4
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Yes, that's very unsafe.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:35 PM   #5
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It would be better to have it cook for 10 hours and then keep it warm until you get home.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:30 AM   #6
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Freeze whatever you will be putting in the crock pot. In the morning take it out of the freezer and put it in the crock pot. Turn the crock pot on at the appropriate time from your cell phone.
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Freeze whatever you will be putting in the crock pot. In the morning take it out of the freezer and put it in the crock pot. Turn the crock pot on at the appropriate time from your cell phone.
The USDA doesn't agree with you:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal...afety/ct_index
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:13 PM   #9
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Leave the meat on low for all 12 hours. Pretty safe. I don't know what kind of meat you are making. I make plain stew and leave the slow cooker on for well over 12 hours. Safe. Completely safe. Do not turn it off earlier.
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:36 AM   #10
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Some slow cookers can be programmed to switch to a keep warm setting automatically after the cooking time has been reached. Avoid any dicey practices like starting with frozen meat. If you have ever had food poisoning, you would give just about any amount of money to make it go away.
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